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    New CPD for GPs and Pharmacists

    MDFA launches new education courses for healthcare professionals

    MDFA has launched new CPD courses to help General Practitioners and Pharmacists reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease – Australia’s leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness.

    As well as these new courses for GPs and Pharmacists, MDFA also offers CPD for Optometrists and Orthoptists, while education for aged care workers and Indigenous health workers is coming soon.

    More than 1.4 million Australians have some evidence of AMD – the leading cause of irreversible severe vision loss and blindness in Australia – while between 300,000 and 400,000 Australians live with diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of preventable blindness among people of a working age.

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    These courses have been funded by the Commonwealth Government under the National Strategic Action Plan for Macular Disease – a coordinated national response to macular disease in Australia.

    One of the Action Plan’s key recommendations was improving health professionals’ knowledge of macular disease through education.

    That’s why MDFA worked with a consortium of partners – featuring the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO), Optometry Australia (OA), Orthoptics Australia, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) – to develop these courses with some of Australia’s leading retinal specialists, including world-renowned ophthalmologist Professor Paul Mitchell AO.

    Healthcare professionals are on the front line of patient interactions and play a valuable role in decreasing preventable vision loss and blindness.

    Eye health CPD for GPs

    In collaboration with GPs from RACGP, ACRRM and members of RANZCO, this education is a CPD Activity under the RACGP CPD Program and has been approved for three CPD points and is suitable for inclusion in your CPD plan.

    Age-related macular degeneration for GPs
    Three CPD points under the RACGP CPD Program

    Diabetic eye disease for GPs
    Three CPD points under the RACGP CPD Program

    Eye health CPD for Pharmacists

    This activity has been accredited for 1.5 hour(s) of Group 2 CPD (or three CPD credits) and is suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan.

    Age-related macular degeneration for Pharmacists (three CPD credits)
    Accreditation number: CX22015

    Diabetic eye disease for Pharmacists (three CPD credits)
    Accreditation number: CX22016

    How these courses help healthcare professionals

    • Increase your knowledge of macular disease to enable early diagnosis and interventions
    • Improve communication with patients about managing modifiable risk, including regular eye exams
    • Adopt up-to-date, evidence-based best practice
    • Understand how to link patients with supports and services

    Take the courses

    Access this free CPD through MDFA’s website today.

    Posted: 7 July 2022

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